Dear Friends, As the Holy Month of Ramadan (May 5th - June 4th) approaches, we would like to invite you to attend an Iftar (fast breaking) Dinner with local host families in their homes around South Carolina.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast by abstaining from consuming water or food while the sun is out. Iftar - or fast breaking - dinners take place each night once the sun sets. This is an important time not only for those who participate in Ramadan because of their faith but also an important time for us to share our tradition with our friends from different backgrounds over delicious food and through lively conversation. It is truly a special time when people of all backgrounds come together and share in the Iftar experience, learning about different cultures and faiths in the process. If you attended our Iftar dinners in previous years, you are more than welcome to attend one more time, as many of our guests do so. We thus very much hope to be able to host you and look forward to hearing back from you! Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.
Many thanks and warm regards,
Atlantic Institute of South Carolina
P.S. We recommend our guests to arrive half an hour before the dinner/sunset time to meet with other guests. It is a great opportunity to meet with people from different backgrounds before the dinner. This is also convenient for our guests who would like to leave right after the dinner.
If you think the dinner is too late for you due to health reasons etc you can kindly ask the host family to serve the dinner for you earlier than the usual dinner time. They would be glad to do it. You can also have some snacks before coming to the dinner on your own since fasting is not required to attend the dinners.
Some host families might request from you to take your shoes off before entering their homes. This is a tradition practiced by many communities especially in Asia. In those instances slippers or house-shoes will be provided.
Information about the host family, their address, phone number and professional affiliation will be shared with you as soon as we finalize the family matching process.
Please click here to pick a few dates that will work for you. We will match the best date with a host family and email you back.